Posted by: Singh Is King | Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Court issues notice on plea against letting Tytler off the hook

NEW DELHI: An Indian special court has now questioned the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for giving a clean chit to Sikh killer and former union minister and Congress MP Jagdish Tytler in the 1984 anti-Sikh massacres in which nearly 3,000 Sikhs were killed. The CBI was directed to continue the probe and file its reply by November 29. As reported by the WSN in its last edition, the CBI had filed a closure report citing lack of witnesses against Tytler because either the witnesses were dead or did not want to testify. The SGPC then filed an appeal in the court questioning the CBI’s decision The court then told the CBI that it cannot give a clean chit without its having heard accounts of the victims. But the Indian establishment did not utter a word as to how cases against mass murderers can be close without even hearing out the victims.
Sections of the Indian media said even now the CBI might again file a closure report due to lack of evidence. Last year, the central government had directed the CBI to reopen cases against Congress leaders Tytler, Sajjan Kumar and Dharam Das Shastri who were named by the Nanavati Commission for their role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. So far the government’s response has been to name a prominent road in Delhi after Dharam Das Shastri.

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Trace witnesses, petitioner pleads

NEW DELHI: Also, a petition was moved before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Sanjeev Jain by the “November 84 Carnage Justice Committee” and the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, who argued that the CBI had not investigated the conspiracy angle in the case.

The court last Thursday issued notice to the CBI after the petition said the CBI should try to trace witness Jasbir Singh who had claimed before the Justice Nanavati Commission that he had seen Tytler allegedly inciting the mob. Jasbir Singh had also submitted an affidavit in the court claiming the same. In its closure report, the CBI had said it was not able to trace Jasbir Singh as he was living aboard.

Apart from Jasbir Singh, two other persons had filed affidavits saying they had seen Mr. Tytler inciting the mob. One of them had retracted the statement later. The incident took place on November 1, 1984, in an East Delhi locality where a mob set afire a gurdwara leaving two persons dead.

After hearing the petition, the ACMM asked the CBI to respond on November 29.

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